The two most widely-used sayings about boats are that they are "holes in the water, into which you throw money" and "the happiest day of a boat owner's life is the day they buy the boat and the day they sell it." Although many people believe these axioms are true, they don't necessarily have to be if you approach boat ownership, with an understanding of what is involved if you are looking for a Boat dealer in Saint Lucie County.
Become An Old Salt or a good Boat dealer in Saint Lucie County:
Learn the terminology of boating, hang out at Whiticar Boat Works and talk to us about boats. By talking to boat experts you will find out what problems they have encountered and how different kinds of boats handle it. When looking for a boat you will want to consider it in terms of:
Options and accessories
Become A Boat Detective
Whether you employ a surveyor or not, you should know some of the things to look for if you have decided to buy a used boat. A keen eye, a good ear and a checklist will lead you to potential problems if you are not a good Boat dealer in Saint Lucie County. Some of the things to look for are:
Mismatched paint. This could indicate that the boat has been in an accident and had repairs made. Although this in and of itself may not disqualify the boat, if you were not told of the repairs what else might you not have been told about.
Do you see any apparent water lines inside the boat or on the engine.
Take hold of the prop and try to move it up and down and sideways. You should not be able to move it much. If you can, you have a worn cutlass bearing.
How are the floors inside? Any soft spots?
Check around hatches and windows - do you see water stains inside? If so, these will have to be rebedded to keep the rain and spray out.
Is there any musty/moldy smell inside? This could indicate leakage, prior water damage or simply neglect.
When you start the engine do you have good water flow?
Check for the Boat Yard.
Check the oil and instead of wiping the stick with a cloth use your fingers, do you feel any grit? What is the color? How does it smell? Does it smell burned. You might want to send a sample of it and the transmission fluid to a lab for testing.
Check the impeller and while you are looking at it throw it away and replace it with a new one.
See if you can get the maintenance records and review how the boat has been maintained in the past. Also look for reccurring problems. If you are looking at an inboard/outboard make sure the tilt motor works properly.
This should keep you busy for a while and frustrate the seller, but I've seen too many people burned by what appears to be a good deal. Like anything else, if it appears to be too good to be true it probably is. No matter where you buy your boat, remember that you, as skipper, are responsible for having the required safety equipment which is determined by the class of your boat. In Whiticar Boat Works, we can help you out to get the best deals.
Business Address: 3636 SE Old St. Lucie Blvd. Stuart, Florida 34996, Office (772) 287-2883, Fax (772) 287-2922
Boat dealer in Saint Lucie County
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